8 Ways To Get a Quick Mood Boost
Need an emotional lift? These ideas will make you feel good in minutes!
Feeling like you need a few mood boosters to lift your spirits after years of lockdowns and other restrictions? Here are some ideas to get you started...
Gentle exercise is one of the quickest ways to lift your mood. Go for a stroll in the park or take a walk round the block to get some fresh air, stimulate your senses, boost your creativity and enhance your brainpower. Studies show, being active can improve your mood, boost your wellbeing, reduce depression, and help you tackle challenges with confidence.
Exposure to outdoor light is important for mood regulation: sunlight makes you feel upbeat and positive. Your body releases feel-good chemicals, called endorphins, when exposed to the sun. If you can’t get outside as much as you’d like, draw back the blinds to let more light into the room. Sunlight also enables your body to produce vitamin D — the feelgood vitamin!
Connect With Friends
Phone a friend, meet up for coffee, or send a warm email. Studies show that people with lots of social connections are happier than those with few. Regular interactions with friends can increase your overall happiness, and positive interactions with acquaintances, or even strangers, can boost your mood. Social connections increase our sense of belonging and community. So fix a date to meet up — being sociable is good for you!
Get a Job Done
Is there a task you’ve been putting off? Now is the time to get it done. The sense of accomplishment afterwards will make you feel good. In fact, the thought of doing something challenging is often worse than the experience of actually doing it. Get the job done, cross it off your list, and relax while you glow in a sense of achievement and relief.
Clearing a cluttered environment can give you a quick lift. Give yourself a target — a clean desk in 10 minutes perhaps! You’ll feel better afterwards. Whether it’s a cluttered shed or a kitchen in chaos, a quick clear up will make you feel positive about the day ahead. Perhaps you’ll tackle another area of the house too!
Do Good Deeds
Doing good deeds can make you feel good. Let someone go ahead of you in a queue or help an elderly person with their shopping. Regular volunteering can be a great boost too, whether you help in a charity shop, foster a cat, become a National Trust guide, or befriend a lonely pensioner. Volunteering keeps you active, social, and can reduce your risk of depression and anxiety.
Why not sign up to be an organ donor, donate blood, or donate your time or skills to a good cause? Donating can make you feel good, because you’re showing a commitment to making a difference to someone else’s life. Whether you donate time, money, or something more personal, the pleasure of giving, and the sense of satisfaction from helping another person can give you a warm glow.
A genuine smile can prompt the brain to improve your mood, giving you even more to smile about. So think positive thoughts, watch TV programmes that make you smile, go to comedy clubs, laugh with friends, and try to see the humour in everyday situations. Smiling can make you happier, so you’ll keep smiling all day.
Laughter too, is good for the soul and boosts immunity! Try finding things that make you laugh! Humour is good for the soul and is a great way to improve your mood. Whether you watch funny TV, join a comedy club, or laugh with friends, it's an incredible mood booster!